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Pure Hoppiness - Alpine Beer Company

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1,675 Ratings

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Ratings: 1675
Reviews: 638
rAvg: 4.38
pDev: 8.68%

Brewed by:
Alpine Beer Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
This brew uses several varieties and multiple hop additions to the kettle as well as a large "hop back" to give the bitterness and aroma a start. Plenty of dry hops finish it off and give a big hop bouquet.
Draft & 22oz bottles.

(Beer added by: xlperro on 12-18-2002)
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Photo of LJArsenal


4.08/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to errantnight for the opportunity to sample this fine West Coast gem.

Poured out of a 22 oz. bottle into a snifter. Orange to yellow in color with a nice two finger head. Great lacing. Pine and grapefruit are the primary notes, but there isn't as much in terms of smell as is experienced with other DIPA's.

Taste is hoppy, crisp, citrus with a bite at the end. Somewhat oily mouthfeel with a medium level of carbonation. This is a very well-balanced beer with just a smidge of alcohol flavor at the end. At eight percent, it fills a niche between higher ABV beers like Hopslam and PTE and lower ABV IPA's like Masala Mama and Two Hearted Ale.

A refreshing and enjoyable beer, this is one that would be great on summer's day to go along with some grilling and baseball. While one bomber is all I need at a time, I definitely will keep this beer on my wants list for quite some time.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2009 22:13:53 | More by LJArsenal
Photo of werdnacross


4.4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a tulip glass. Head disseminates quickly.

A- Color is an amber hue

S- hoppy with a slight sugar smell

T- Solid tasting DIPA with earthy tones.

M- goes down extremely smooth and feels almost like an IPA

O- Overalll a great beer. many good beers come from this brewery and look forward to enjoying more of this in the future.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2011 23:56:10 | More by werdnacross
Photo of Drunk_And_Sarcastic


4.54/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a snifter. Bottle was purchased on December 27th, 2013.

A - Dark gold to bronze

S - Citrus notes and grassy. Mostly a hop forward nose. Some biscuity/yeasty smells are noticeable after a little swirl.

T - Lots of citrus and tropical fruits from the hops. Lots of grapefruit, orange and pine. You also get a little toasted malt and biscuit toward the end. The finish is classic Alpine. Its crisp and resinous.

M - It's medium to light bodied. It has that oily/sticky body that I love in IPAs. Its very drinkable and hides the 8.00% Abv well.

O - This is another example of an amazing (D)IPA by Alpine. The classic resinous and crisp finish makes this beer extremely drinkable. Although I prefer Nelson and Duet to this (just barely), this is still a top DIPA that ranks up there with Heady and Pliny.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2013 00:26:25 | More by Drunk_And_Sarcastic
Photo of marysparks18


4.14/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: clear, golden orange yellow, almost no head

S: like you want to go swimming in it:-) yeasty, strong

T: HOPPY, strong, good contrast of sweet malt and bitter citrus hops

M: smooth, medium body, malty,

Overall very refreshing, and drinkable. Pairs well with almost any food. Great disguise for the amount of alcohol

Serving type: on-tap

01-12-2013 03:46:10 | More by marysparks18
Photo of wking


4.23/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Went to ABC this morning while running errands. I picked up a pure hoppiness and a mandarin nectar. Pure Hoppiness was the much better beer in my opinion.
Poured a dark golden/light amber. Not a ton of lacing but a decent amount, 1 inch head.
Smell was a highly citrus mix, like a citrus bowl. Some piney notes and not much malt smell to it. Just a little at the end, overall lemon, orange, grapefruit dominate the smell.
Taste is freaking delicious, I was a huge hop head for awhile and kinda got burned out after tasting so many IPA's. This beer rekindled my love for hops! It tastes like it smells expect a little more pungent. Also I can taste a hint of caramel malts. Whatever mix they used for this was perfect. Just an outstanding west coast IPA.
Overall this beer rocks a hop heads dream. And since the brewery is about 5 miles from my house I will be enjoying more of these.

note- This was my very first beer review.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2013 05:32:35 | More by wking
Photo of cyden


4.75/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked this one up at the brewery just up the road. The brewery is supper small, about the size of a large 3 car garage and it is crammed in there. Worth the trip though since alpine beer is very hard to find even 20 minutes up the road in San Diego.

Wonderful golden color off the tap. Nice little froth on top, creamy in color. Clear as it gets for an IPA and just begs to be drank.

Hops to the 100th degree hear. So much citrus and flower hints you can hardly stand it. Lots of orange and lime along with the fruity flower smell. It simply reaks of hops. Almost smells like rasta herb when you really breath deep, it is so nice.

Wow, all those smells simply explode into your mouth. Not for those who arent used to big hoppy beers. Bitterness is way less than you expect but it is there, balanced well with the malts that are used. Pure hoppiness is an accurate descripter. TONS of slighlty tart citrus. so nice.

The only true downside to me is the mouthfeel when you drink a couple. The excessive hops lead to an almost oily mouthfeel, more so than alot of other double IPAs I have had. Mouthfeel reminds me of drinking from the terrapinator from Terrapin brewing company.

Very drinkable and make for good beer to impress friends with. If you find it buy all they will let you. Every place I have found it limits the amount you can buy, even at the brewery. As of Sept 2007 you can buy 6-22oz at the brewery but as many growlers as you like. Just watch out if you drink several pints as the slick feeling in your mouth compounds.

This one is in my personal top 5 easy!

Serving type: on-tap

09-07-2007 07:10:47 | More by cyden
Photo of cbniles


4.83/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Christmas present from sister-in-law, sent from southern California. Close to perfect west coast IPA and I'm consider myself a discerning IPA fan, partial to west coast hops and malts. I'm not sure what else needs to be said, yet have to meet the minimum character limit. I'm not sure how to define drinkability or mouthfeel, and really who cares what the beer looks like, but it looked fine. Citrusy hops, well balanced. I'd love to drink it every day.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2009 02:52:05 | More by cbniles
Photo of ramnuts


4.63/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A generous and fresh gift from Arbitrator. Thanks once again, Arbi!

Served in a pint glass, it pours a very frothy head with incredible lacing evenly dispersed. Somewhat opaque, not cloudy and more orange than the largely brownish DIPAs I've enjoyed recently.

Wafts of tangy citrus fruits abound..grapefruit, orange, lemon zest - an aromatic and great smelling beer.

Well balanced, a bit grassy, not a huge malt presence. Sweet caramel comes through but in a subdued fashion. Tropical fruits and a clean finish. Just the correct amount of carbonation. I pick up some pine but it is not sticky or resiny overall.

How do they get it this clear appearing as an unfiltered beer?

I've never experienced an DIPA that comes off the palette as clean as this one.

Scary session-like for a big boy. No heat at all; you would never guess it packs such a large ABV.

Much love for yet another Alpine product. I can see why they are in such huge demand. I would buy this again and again if available locally.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2010 00:00:54 | More by ramnuts
Photo of DCRA


4.68/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Love this beer, consistently great.

Probably my 3rd favorite beer from Alpine which says a lot about Alpine. The taste is so fresh and hoppy with citrus and pine blast.

It has great balance and the alcohol is hidden very well. Everything you could ask from a DIPA and more. The appearance is orange and the sight and smell alone make this very inviting.

Thank you Alpine.

Serving type: on-tap

06-13-2012 00:45:08 | More by DCRA
Photo of StubFaceJoe


4.15/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bomber split with the lady, into a New Belgium Globe.

Pours with a golden copper, very clear. Less than half a finger of head from a slightly aggressive pour and very little lacing as it goes down.

Smell is wonderful. Super rich bouquet of peach, lemon oil, very slight pline.

Taste follows the smell, lemon oil with other citrus and some peaches in the background with slight hoppy resinous and bitterness. Slight mineral flavor from the water perhaps?

Mouthfeel-Very light on the palate for the style, a little "bubbly" as well and finishes drier than expected.

Overall- A great DIPA but not quite as much as a expected.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2013 19:10:04 | More by StubFaceJoe
Photo of chimay68


4.05/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Nice orange/amber, with slight copper jacket.

Smell - Tangerine, little honey sweetness in the nose, citrus and a little tinge of burnt sugar.
Taste - Bitter Hop, Resiny, slightly carbonated. Instantly reminds me of a Stone Ruination ipa when it hits the tongue but more rounded flavor.
Mouthfeel - Tingy, with a slight rise of carbonation, malt comes out a little making it smoother

Drinkability - Starting from a clean palate, meaning no beers before this one, not a bad DIPA. I like the fresh hop profile, the resiny introduction, but this is lacking something for me. The taste leaves you too fast. I'm looking for more of a punch and deeper taste profile. I would still recommend.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2010 02:53:03 | More by chimay68
Photo of Bringthebeards


4.08/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - orange sunset hay

S - earthy hops, mellow pine notes

T - pine, slight tropical fruit, touch of bitterness on the finish

M - DIPA mouth coating, resin and bitterness lingers after swallowing rather than a floating hop


O - Balanced. Almost too balanced. Perfect foundation but I need a tad more hop bite.

Enjoyed thoroughly none the less.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2013 03:59:44 | More by Bringthebeards
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